Surge

Wavedancer chief, water-shaper

Surge was the longtime chief of the Wavedancers. An extraordinarily powerful water-shaper, his talents were matched by an intensity of belief: the belief that the world offered only danger and death for his tribe. When humans killed his lifemate Skimmer, he disappeared into the depths with her body, abandoning his tribe in his grief.  When he finally returned, the reunion with his son, Snakeskin, who had assumed the duties of chief in his absence, soon became strained by unanswered questions—and Surge’s now-raging paranoia.

Matters came to a head when Snakeskin’s longstanding attempts to heal the Broken One triggered a confrontation. The dispute escalated after the distant Recognition of Sunstream and Brill—which meant the long-feared discovery of the Wavedancers by other elves. Angered by Snakeskin’s enthusiasm for a meeting between the tribes, Surge set out to dethrone his son. Overwhelming him, but unable to prevent the tribe from splitting, he threatened suicide before fleeing, taking most of the Wavedancers with him against their will.

When even they abandoned him upon the Palace’s sudden arrival, Surge sank to coercion, using his water-shaping powers to prevent them entering its walls. Failing even that–and impervious to reason–he abducted and overpowered Cutter when the Wolfrider chief attempted to negotiate.

Cutter persevered, however, and Surge—startled by a telling comment from the Broken One—at last began to sense that his position was untenable.

Challenged by Snakeskin, he agreed to a fair fight, but his anger and propensity for abuse again got the better of him. Unleashing his water-shaping powers, he inadvertently destroyed the towering coral structures of the Wavedancers’ home, Crest Point.

As the reef fell in, a flash of conscience permitted Surge time to pull Cutter and the Broken One to safety before he was himself crushed by the stone; only in death was Surge reconciled to the strength of his son and his people.


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